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University of Iowa News Release

March 25, 2003

Child Labor Workshop Offered Via ICN May 2, 3

Around the world, an estimated 246 million children are engaged in child labor. The majority of them work in conditions considered illegal, hazardous or extremely exploitative. While poverty drives children into jobs, child labor continues the cycle of poverty by denying them education and basic human rights.

Teachers of grades 4-12 have the opportunity to learn more about the far-reaching effects of child labor by attending a workshop May 2 and 3 titled Teaching Child Labor Issues in the Classroom, an event sponsored by the Child Labor Public Education Project.

The attendance fee for the workshop, which will be conducted via the Iowa Communications Network (ICN), is $50. This fee is for non-credit participation. Those who desire academic credit may register for one semester hour and may choose undergraduate credit, billed at $154, or graduate credit, billed at $244. The attendance fee is included in the tuition charge. All registrants must submit the $50 fee with their registration forms in order to hold a place in the workshop.
Information and resources for use in a variety of curricular areas will be made available by workshop facilitators and guest speakers.

The sessions will be conducted from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, May 2 and from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 3. Facilitators include Jennifer Sherer and Robin Clark-Bennett of the University of Iowa Labor Center; Chivy Sok, deputy director of the UI Center for Human Rights and project director of the Child Labor Initiative; Iowa City High School teachers Jeanine Redlinger and Bev Witwer; and Gregory Hamot, associate professor, UI College of Education.

ICN sites for the workshop include: Bettendorf, Calmar, Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Creston, Des Moines, Fort Dodge, Iowa City, Marshalltown, Mason City, Ottumwa, Peosta, Sioux Center, Sioux City, Spencer, Waterloo, and West Burlington. Interested persons should phone the Center for Credit Programs at 1-800-272-6430 for more information.

The Child Labor Public Education Project is supported by the U.S. Department of Labor with funding made possible by the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Stephen Pradarelli, 319-384-0007, Diane DeBok, 319-335-2049. Program: Jennifer Sherer, 319-335-4020.